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Regional Organizations in China’s Security Strategy for Africa: The Sense of Supporting “African Solutions to African Problems”

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African regional organizations play a significant role in maintaining peace and security on their continent. This article looks at how China, as an emerging power in Africa, has incorporated these organizations into its policies on African security crises. It asserts that China has explicitly endorsed regional conflict resolution mechanisms, which it perceives as having a less intrusive impact on third world countries’ sovereignty than have initiatives taken under the global collective security system led by the UN Security Council. Moreover, China strengthening cooperation with African regional organizations and aligning its stance with the views emerging from these regional bodies is an important way in which China has tried to respond to the rising security challenges and political demands it is faced with in Africa. The article briefly considers what influence China’s increased attention to African regional bodies is having on efforts by Africa’s traditional donors to help build – but also shape – Africa’s emerging peace and security architecture.

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  • Sara Van Hoeymissen, 2011. "Regional Organizations in China’s Security Strategy for Africa: The Sense of Supporting “African Solutions to African Problems”," Journal of Current Chinese Affairs - China aktuell, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 40(4), pages 91-118.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:40:y:2011:i:4:p:91-118
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